PhD student position in Learning and Decision Making for Autonomous Driving

Updated: 10 days ago

Future robots need to possess human-like capabilities in areas such as perception, decision making, and reasoning. Intelligent Robotics group at Aalto University’s School of Electrical Engineering works actively to develop intelligent robotic systems with a particular emphasis on methods and systems that cope with imperfect knowledge and uncertain sensors. The research environment provides excellent opportunities for open-minded co-operation with highly motivated research staff as well as with top national and international partners. The group is a key player in a university-wide autonomous vehicle initiative, providing access to an advanced autonomous driving platform. The group is affiliated with Finnish Center for AI ( and Aalto Center for Autonomous Systems ( The group is highly international and the working language is English.

We seek for excellent PhD student candidates to help us study learning, decision making and control in autonomous driving. Potential research topics include embedding prescribed rules in learned policies, handling anomalous situations and learning predictive multi-agent models.


A candidate should have a M.Sc. or equivalent degree in a suitable area (e.g. robotics, computer science, automation, applied math, control engineering), or be a M.Sc. student in a final phase of their studies. The candidate should have strong analytical and writing skills, and experience or genuine interest in robotics. Expertise in machine learning is valued. Candidates are expected to also have good programming and mathematical skills as well as be fluent in spoken and written English.

The appointment is available immediately but the timing is negotiable. The position is fixed-term. The length of PhD studies in Finland is 4 years. The salary is determined according to the salary system of Aalto University.  Employment includes occupational health care and social security benefits.

Ready to apply

To apply for the position, send the documents indicated below (in English, compiled in a single PDF) using the on-line recruitment link "Apply now!"

 The required documents are:

1)      an application letter describing briefly your background and interests;
2)      a Curriculum Vitae (with contact details);
3)      names and contact information (email) of at least two references;
4)      B.Sc./M.Sc. transcript of records (courses and grades);
5)      B.Sc./M.Sc. degree certificate (if available, translation into English if available);
6)      a list of publications (if any);
7)      a link to electronic copy of M.Sc. Thesis (if available).

The call is open until 4 June, 2021, but we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately. All applicants will be notified on the decisions.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact Ville Kyrki by e-mail . Additional information in recruitment process related questions, please contact HR Coordinator Jaana Hänninen,

About Aalto University, Helsinki, and Finland

Aalto University ( is located in Finland is among the best countries in the world according to many quality of life indicators, including being the happiest country in the world (UN study 2018 and The World Happiness Report 2019) and the safest country in the world (World Economic Forum report 2017). Aalto University is the foremost university in Finland in Engineering, Design and Business. Less than a 15 minutes metro ride away from center of Helsinki, capital of Finland, Aalto offers access to rich cultural and social life to help maintain healthy work-life balance.

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

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